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While most Americans think they know Italian food, the truth is that what we commonly think of as Italian cooking is actually based in traditions frequently found in Southern Italy. In the south, there’s an emphasis on olive oil, tomato bases and mozzarella cheese as opposed to the Mascarpone-, butter- and cream-based dishes of northern cities like Milan. However, your clients need not be disappointed. Having traveled often to Milan, I’ve never been less than impressed with the city’s range of delicious and satisfying foods. Even if your clients find themselves pining for a good red sauce during their visit, the good news is that this forward-thinking city literally has something delectable for every appetite, from pizza and pasta to even (gasp!) sushi.
© Al Garghet 2010
Il Lattughino // © Il Lattughino 2010
La Cantina CompagnoniFor a traditional Milanese feast, La Cantina Compagnoni embodies the best parts of the city in which it’s located. The decor is modern and sleek and yet, the restaurant still feels homey, especially once the wine begins to pour. You won’t miss your traditional red sauce once you’ve had ravioli in sage butter, delicately roasted meats and some of the best table bread you can imagine. www.lacantinacompagnoni.it
Luini PanzerottiSometimes, lunch on the run can be one of your most deliciously decadent meals of the day. While shopping near the Piazza del Duomo, consider stopping in at this always-crowded storefront for a panzerotti, a calzone-like creation that’s a little sweet, a little savory and always deep fried. Get the traditional tomato sauce and mozzarella combo, but consider trying the funghi (mushroom) or fig, nut and cocoa versions to get the complete experience — something that Milanese locals have been enjoying since 1948.www.luini.it
© The Small Sushi Store 2010